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Mobile phone roaming caps come into force on
million new payday loans every month. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/loans-credit/special-report-the-dark-side-of-credit--a-million-new-payday-loans-every-month-8680018.html
split threatens to increase mobile and postal
Not by as much as this government will be
raising them, anyway. But they'll be going up.
That's a certainty. (All this anti-independence
propaganda is giving me the distinct impression
that the Sassenachs are very worried indeed
at the prospect of losing the last of their
launches 'urgent' review into bee population
Well. There's 'urgent' as plebs understand it.
And there's 'still fagging for Big Corp urgent,
15 years on' - as practised by bent politicians.
business manifesto to kick-start the entire
in company administrations to continue.
Fresh strikes by Post Office staff. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/28/crown-post-office-staff-to-strike/
of bank customers due compensation. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23099564#
costing British businesses billions a year.
release: New unit to tackle online piracy and
counterfeit crime. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-unit-to-tackle-online-piracy-and-counterfeit-crime
recruits business leaders to help it identify
red tape issues. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23106982#
In other words, all those promises and press
releases until now have achieved absolutely
nothing. Solution: come up with another press
Street failures cost creditors £2 billion.
tried to cover up failings of self-build housing.
end of the Thatcher property revolution.
Britons falling out of love with Spain and France.
This has been predicted by some time and
in a number of quarters. As the article points
out, it's the uncertainty of what the future
will bring which is the decider.
reacts to positioning ads next to offensive
your bills by taking a picture of a cheque with
your smartphone. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2351397/How-soon-pay-cheques-just-taking-picture-phone.html
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/28/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
Mail cuts lost post compensation. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/28/royal-mail-cuts-lost-post-compensation/
Britain. Ofgem warns of increasing risk of power
impossible to make a successful insurance claim
for a lost mobile phone. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23084029#
worst mobile phone provider. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/28/the-uks-worst-mobile-phone-provider/
net running 25% slower than advertised.
This is supposed to be news?! Or, the internet
speed shaggy dog scam continues. With full,
international, official backing. Add a 'whistleblowing'
story here; a bit of paedophilia there; plus
a pic of a nonentity's breakfast - oh, and nearly
forgot. Terrorism. And voila! Hundreds of millions
of carrot-IQ plebs jumping in to give away their
hard-earned (or dole money) to Big Corp and
broadband target postponed for two years.
And so the shaggy dog story/scam of rural
broadband rolls on, too.
Business Secretary calls for shoppers to support
local trade. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/independents-day-shadow-business-secretary-calls-for-shoppers-to-support-local-trade-8677380.html
We couldn't agree more - even though this particular
message is beginning to sound a bit worn now,
popping up every week as it does. How about
the Shadow Business Secretary urging his own
party to distance itself from U.S. Big Corp,
the U.S. murder industry and U.S. banks, for
a change? Go back to a Labour Party of government
by the people, for the people? Of Britain.
Larf: Drastic cuts loom in France. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/10147219/Tempers-fray-in-France-as-drastic-cuts-loom.html
Yet another country where 'socialism' has sacrificed
its principles of 'egalite' to cater for self-serving
elitism - of minority trade union fascistas
and 5 million fonctionnaires
- who merely go to work on their finger-nails
for half an hour every day then claim their
bloated salaries at the end of each month for
having done no more than put in an appearance.
Or, mass fraud if you prefer. One knows the
condition exists because the media and the government
are currently trying to divert attention from
their own lies, incompetence and electoral fraud
by inflating a story of commercial monkey-business
between a high profile businessman and a past
President. As if that were so unusual.
or not 'drastic cuts' are actually necessary
is a moot point. Just getting the present government's
political supporters to actually do some work
in exchange for the billions of euros in wages
every month historically obtained by deception
(fraud), would already be a huge step towards
improving the country's economic and social
performance. And for businesses to generate
more jobs - which the media and the politicians
claim their country wants. Then again, since
when have the media and politicians ever spoken
the truth? Or the majority of 'modern' Frenchies
- especially trade unionists - ever wanted to
work? (Just like us, eh?)
matters are in hand. The Socialist Party's (and
the French government's) biggest turkey, 'Gobbler'
Strauss-Kahn seems set to make a political comeback
and has been offering advice to French parliament
on how to get out of the economic mess he and
his brothel-creeping colleagues have created.
(Like the advice 'Baby Butcher' Blair's propagandshitetalker
and hate preacher recently offered to the ex-Australian
PM. Just before she spectacularily lost power.
Anyway. Serves them right for hob-knobbing with
war criminals and killing one of our nurses.)
to commemorate Tour de France Syndrome and The
World Hypocrisy Championshits, the annual bash
of doped-up ex-Tour de France winners this year
will be missing just one invitee. Lance Armstrong,
naturally. On the grounds that he's an American
without a French-sounding name and won more
times than other French-speaking dopers but
didn't have the good grace to learn just one
platitudinous phrase in French to impress the
country's, nay the world's defenders of doping
in all sports - doping agencies, sporting federations
and the media.
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nuisance calls. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/27/the-fixer-stopping-nuisance-calls/
Search engines warned over adverts. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jun/26/google-yahoo-bing-ftc-advert-labelling
site to help with credit cards. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/26/new-site-to-help-with-credit-cards/
card small print traps to avoid. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/27/credit-card-small-print-traps-to-avoid/
deal to cap insurance premiums for high-risk
That will make a lot of difference come the
time you want to sell up. Head for dem hills.
drop in landline complaints. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/27/no-drop-in-landline-complaints/
government promoting 'sleazy' work. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/26/welsh-government-promotes-sleazy-jobs/
Could be a lot worse; they could be promoting
jobs in politics or banking. Anyway, I used
to be a stripper. When I worked in demolition
or on building sites. Good money.
blighted by an epidemic of 'beds in sheds'.
I've seen some of these and they aren't just
occupied by immigrants. There seem to be plenty
of Brits living in them, too. A situation which
isn't going to improve any time soon.
face debt crisis if interest rates start to
What's this 'if' all about? It's 'WHEN' not
Top 5 cities for fastest growing payday loan
hardest worker: 21-year-old juggles 11 jobs
for just £500 a month. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/410441/Is-this-Britain-s-hardest-worker-21-year-old-juggles-ELEVEN-jobs-for-just-500-a-month
He won't be juggling 11 jobs for long; the Canadians
or the Aussies will be after him unless this
country gets lucky and he sets up his own business.
Hats off to the young man. (Although by next
week, the tabloids will be accusing him of stealing
all our jobs.)
million crackdown on expat winter fuel allowance.
The threat of this has been looming for a number
of years and once again, it's designed to be
a vote-catching exercise rather than achieving
significant savings. I can also see the ending
of the winter fuel allowance being yet another
tipping point for a lot of expats who are already
struggling to make ends meet because of the
fall in the value of their pensions for the
past few years. The result? There will be another
wave of expats heading back to the UK which
in turn, will cost the taxpayer more than the
nominal savings this measure represents.
that returning to the UK will be a bed of roses
for them. But at least the mugging they'll get
from the foreign-owned utility companies (originally
owned by today's taxpayer pensioners) and Conservative
hoodies should put an end to their days fairly
fast-tracks road and rail projects with a £100
billion spend. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/10144849/Government-fast-tracks-road-and-rail-projects-with-100bn-spend.html
GREAT news! For the Americans; the French; the
Japanese; the Germans; and the East Europeans.
(Reports coming in of bent politicians and civil
servants experiencing hands-free orgasms.)
never had a 'double dip' recession after all.
Exactly. As we said all along. Just going on
all the reporting which DID say there was a
'double dip' recession, was irrefutable proof
there wasn't one. Although do beware of tabloid
rubbish which is suggesting that the recession
wasn't as bad as they helped predict. It was
- and still is - worse.
day of carnage as seven pull out. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon/10144933/Wimbledon-2013-day-of-carnage-as-seven-pull-out.html
Suggestions that the exodus was prompted by
rumours of an imminent doping control, have
been ignored by officials and the media - worried
by their seating arrangements, the shelf-life
of strawberries and cream and rubbing shoulders
with botoxed non-personalities taking pics with
their dummyphones. So that's all right, then.
(Any biz-opp tipsters out there still suggesting
you lay bets?)
toys that have soared in value. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/10140895/The-childrens-toys-that-have-soared-in-value.html
Austria leads green delivery with e-bikes.
It's been a few years now that I suggested
a revival in the good, 'ole-fashioned British
trades' bike might be a good idea for a home
business start-up, hiring oneself out to smaller,
independent local shops to do their casual deliveries
for them. Today, those of you who are much fainter
of heart and limb may be able to find an electric
tricycle which could easily be adapted - although
they are quite rare. Ultimately, for extra-heavy
loads or distances, even bicycle engine kits
can be found. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Motorized-Bicycle-Engine-Kit-80cc-2-stroke-fast-delivery-within-2-3-days-/321148751838?pt=UK_Sporting_Goods_Scooters_LE&hash=item4ac5f50fde#ht_2191wt_1170
the other hand, trades' bikes are not that cheap
any more; many years ago, I used to source mine
from the local tip and auctions for almost nothing
and renovated them mainly for anglers (fishermen).
Nice little margin. However, the following eBay
page gives some guidance on the prices and condition
of what you might find today. http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.Xtrade+bike&_nkw=trade+bike&_sacat=0&_from=R40
(Try also 'delivery
bicycles'. Although just one, important
point. Your bike MUST have a large, wicker basket!)
After that, look for a local business or two
to buy or rent advertising space on the bike,
knock on a few shop doors and you're away!
a nice little number, even part-time, as you
could 'stack' your orders to deliver them all
during the same time window; either first thing
in the morning; early evening; Saturday mornings,
whatever. Obviously, it depends on order volume,
urgency, etc, but I used to deliver fresh farm
eggs when I was a lad and despite a couple of
hundred customers, found I could fit them in
with about the same ease as my early morning
and Sunday 'paper rounds.
your holiday home for free. http://commercialemaillist.com/HolidayLettingsemail@example.com
Small business owners 'very happy'. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/small-business-owners-%E2%80%9Cvery-happy%E2%80%9D-20139976
70% claim that being 'masters of their own
destiny' is the main reason for being in business;
that much at least, seems to be a constant.
launches small business banking market study.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is looking
for views from small and medium-sized firms
for a forthcoming market study of competition
in the UK small business banking sector.
particular, the OFT is looking for information
about whether small firms believe banking services
offer good value for money, whether a lack of
competition between banks is holding back lending,
and whether any specific types of small firm
are facing particular difficulties, such as
start ups or financial firms. The results of
the study will allow the Competition and Markets
Authority (CMA) to decide whether to make a
market investigation reference by 2015. (EnterpriseQuest)
lending summit called by Ministers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23044709#
arrested over £1 million scam targetting
Bankers and fund managers who have cost pensioners
around the world trillions on the other hand,
receive gongs. And then of course, there are
the politicians who now believe that state pensions
should be cut to help sustain banking's toxic
'payout for nowt' culture. Just as an example.
warned of potential new banking chaos. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/26/chancellor-warned-of-new-bank-chaos/
You can 'bank' on it!
considers using Google as a cheap alternative
to obtaining cheap information about population.
Whether it's Google or an American manufacturer
of weapons of mass destruction again, the outcome
is the same. UK population data is 'owned' by
the Americans - and that has been common knowledge
since Microsoft came along. It's certainly been
the case for far, far longer than Mr Snowden's
much-publicised appearance in recent weeks!
Or that of Manning or even Assange; just two-bit
media distractions, semi-'planted' to divert
public attention from 'business as usual'. So,
(for example), how long is it now that Microsoft
have been established in British schools, advising
our governments on education content?
like the 'Tour de France Hypocrisy Syndrome'.
Every year, as the great race approaches, the
media will come up with a 'new' doping scandal.
Common knowledge for a few decades (as with
the Armstrong 'revelations') but there will
be much fuss and pretence of being shocked.
Message boards and opinion columns will be rigged
with huge outbursts of outrage. In the meantime,
arguably the most 'doped-up' sport currently
doing the rounds - tennis (together with swimming)
- will have preceded the Tour at Roland Garros
and Wimbledon without comment. No matter how
anomalous, even impossible, the results of mediocre
athletes beating top seeds who are also widely
considered to be dopers, might seem.
formula is: take the lesser evil; inflate it;
hide the greater evil behind.
Osborne To Give MI5, MI6 And GCHQ extra money
- while all other departmental budgets are cut.
AS we have just been saying . . .
Is it to provide a start-up loan, mentoring
and online digital support for Tory hoody-muggers
wishing to expand into granny-assassination
- as it appears public school-leavers with limited
intellectual scope and psycopathic tendencies
are having an increasingly hard time getting
into banking or politics?
visitors to UK to pay 'security bonds'.
A measure which has been floated to appeal to
the country's hate-preaching tabloid propaganda
and potential carrot-IQ Tory hoody voters who
fancy Theresa May as Little Engerlandt's next
knob-polisher to the Pentagon. As for limiting
the threat of high-risk immigration? Not a chance
by a lorryload - although any country which
now fancies retaliating against tattooed, drunken
English football thugs every bit as much as
CIA wigheads posing as 'English gentleman' businessmen,
will now do much more damage to us than we will
scam advert banned. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2348589/Diet-scam-advert-faked-claims-Adele-Victoria-Beckham-banned.html
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Confused contractors face HMRC penalties. http://www.theglobalrecruiter.com/news/paraplus-survey-
Almost 40% of UK contractors (the equivalent
of 600,000 individuals) have been fined or penalised
by HMRC, according to a survey by payroll umbrella
company Paraplus. In addition, around 55% of
contractors said they struggled to understand
HMRC guidelines and 54% are unclear about what
they can claim as business expenses. A further
64% of respondents said completing paperwork
and administration were their greatest concerns.
rejects tax deal claims. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/25/hmrc-chief-rejects-tax-deal-claims/
Given the fact that these kinds of accusations
are levelled against the HMRC 'ON A DAILY BASIS',
any Government worth its salt would have opened
a public enquiry long before now. Which of course,
is why there hasn't been one! Come the day Big
Corp has to pay its taxes as do the self employed
or small businesses, and are hounded and persecuted
until they do so, will be the day there is no
more 'government' as we know it. (And I mean
a PUBLIC enquiry; not a cross-party group of
fagging, ex-public school scrotes.)
justice reforms prompt flurry of start-up law
There was a 39% increase in the number of new
law firms starting up in April 2013 compared
with a year earlier, and a 77% increase since
March 2013, according to figures published by
the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). The
sector was expected to struggle following the
introduction of reforms to the civil justice
system on 1st April 2013, changing the way civil
litigation cases are funded, particularly in
person injury claims. Andrew Allen, partner
at accountancy firm Francis Clark, said: "Lots
of new starts have been people leaving firms
where they don't think there is a future for
the type of work they do, don't want to borrow
a lot of money to buy old partners out, or don't
want to inherit a badly-run business and would
rather start afresh." (EnterpriseQuest)
businesses need more information on calls for
It's like Engerlandt's Euroseptic politicians
calling for us to quit the EU. Like the vast
majority of businesses, I'm not
really that bothered whether we stay 'in' or
get out. But the killers are the endless delays,
the wooly debates, the myths (latest tabloid
crap here: http://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/blog/index_en.htm),
the lack of decision-making but above all, some
concrete FACTS. WHERE is future business going
to come from? WHAT will it be worth? HOW LONG
will it last for? And so on. And no, I do not
mean the rants of criminal, skiving, hate-preaching
Little Engerlandt tabloids who wouldn't know
facts or the truth from a smoked kipper. As
they have proved repeatedly throughout their
entire, potty-stained histories. The problem
is, no-one knows what it will mean. Until we
take the plunge, it's all guesswork. So let's
be getting on with it, one way or another.
fall in UK families' discretionary income last
overcharged because of 'weak' gas.
Then of course, there's 'weak' electricity,
bank to sell on customer data. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/24/barclays-bank-to-sell-on-customer-data/
worst (and best) train operators. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/24/the-uks-worst-train-operator/
Best Summer Courses. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/the-10-best-summer-courses-8671770.html
knotweed: the plant that could cost you your
N.B. This is not a Monsanto GM product. Yet.
British business leaders' Flexible Working Report:
key points. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/10137649/Flexible-working-report-key-points.html
Flexible working pundits have been talking
about this for decades but there has never been
any unanimity from major employers. Until now,
perhaps? I'm very shifty on these proposals.
I suspect that the ulterior motive is more 'under-employment'
rather than a sea change to working from home
and hours more suited to employees. If the will
is there, all it takes is a nod over a cup of
tea down at the Institute of Directors; and
not a pompous press release.
cost of going to work. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/409749/3k-a-year-cost-of-going-to-work
Cheap - when compared to what it costs to run
a business from home. Seriously. The 100-word
'article' also calls this 'a fifth' of an average
employee's wages. In other words, the average
Brit earns just £15,000 a year. Right.
green deal branded a failure as fewer than TEN
UK homes take out loans offered. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/governments-green-deal-branded-a-failure-as-fewer-than-ten-uk-homes-take-out-loans-offered-8669959.html
Reminds me of the time I started looking
at the business opportunity marketplace twenty
years ago and first encountered grubby, kitchen
sink printed A5 'scam mags', claiming they could
make you thousands of pounds 'while you slept'.
They had the same sort of promoter mentality
and response rate as this Government.
tax evasion falls to lowest level in five years.
This particular finding being due to the
simple fact that HMRC aren't prosecuting serious
tax evaders. By which I mean Big Corp and not
some solitary garlic smuggler. Still, if I'm
wrong, then the amount of unpaid tax revenue
which this government is now collecting will
be making an immediate and lasting positive
impact on the country's economy. Won't it? After
all, we are talking in the order of £100
billion a year, give or take. http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/about/cuts
pays tax for first time in 5 years. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/jun/23/starbucks-pays-corporation-tax
Only £5 million though, which works out
at just £1 million a year for the past
5 years. A good investment and a relatively
cheap PR exercise for damage containment after
all the negative publicity it has received.
does Word take so long to load? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/advice/10135134/Why-does-Microsoft-Word-take-longer-to-load-than-Excel.html
Because it's waiting for connections to the
Pentagon and GCHQ to go through.
time best-buy offers on credit cards and loans.
to do if you can't get credit. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/24/what-to-do-if-you-cant-get-credit/
and China in £21 billion currency deal.
So the Dalai Lama's visit to Britain (alongside
dozens of visits to other countries every year)
isn't getting in the way of trade, then? As
widely reported in Engerlandt's hate-preaching
tabloid propaganda. Let's hope this latest accord
sets the tone for more liberal diplomatic relations
which in turn, will permit Chinese tourists
easier access to the UK and helping put a bit
of money in us plebs' pockets for a change.
spends £24,00 on plane with thermal imaging
to look for suspicious buildings. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/index.html
We keep saying it; the Age of Drone Surveillance
is upon us, with half a dozen plausible excuses
up the authorities' sleeves. Terrorism; illegal
immigration and slave labour; tax evasion; black
market activity. Yet only just over 50 years
ago, between 50 - 70 million people died during
the Second World War to defend their view of
a 'free' world. Since that time, accompanied
by zero fanfare, the same number again, have
been killed. To keep a handful of snouts in
the trough. At the inevitable expense of freedom.
Online business training for small business
owners (article). http://sbinformation.about.com/od/ecommerce/tp/Free-Online-Business-Training.htm?nl=1
glitch revealed 6 million user numbers and addresses.
to the past for the High Street's future.
This article makes some valid points. Unfortunately,
stupid and corrupt politicians and councils,
backed by teams of bogus gurus, continue to
labour the myth that the internet is a 'nett'
creator of jobs. That is simply not true. Ever
since Bill Gates and US military-funded Microsoft
came along putting a couple of million programmers
and analysts out of work, the employment and
economic trend for the digital age has been
sharp down. End of.
co-operatively owned businesses keep remote
areas thriving. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/special-report-how-community-spirit-pays-a-dividend-8669751.html
pays to use slave labour, says watchdog.
Like the Government uses plebs and the self-employed
especially, to enhance the profits of tax-evading
Big Corp and the banks.
app monetisation. http://venturebeat.com/2013/06/02/mobile-app-monetization-think-business-model-not-ads/
museum in Cumbria is a bigger draw than EU visitor
centre in Brussels. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/409396/Pencil-museum-in-Cumbria-is-a-bigger-draw-than-EU-visitor-centre-in-Brussels
Obvious, isn't it. Pencils, especially coloured
pencils, are like children's teddy bears. I
remember my first, boxed set of 72 Derwent
coloured pencils to this day. Beautiful, they
were; my very own pop-up rainbow. I even took
them to bed with me. (Yes. I grew up 'sad'.)
swop holidays. http://www.guardianhomeexchange.co.uk/?INTCMP=mic_2014
Four out of five shoppers prefer the High
Street to the internet for buying clothes.
Anyone going to tell the Government's bogus
digital gurus? Or perhaps just give them the
centres missing out on new retail development.
customers suffer card glitch. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23007957#
More crap American software again.
domain names: 6 buying tips (article).
professional auction links. http://www.bidspotter.co.uk/en-gb
set to drop in price. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/21/viagra-set-to-tumble-in-price/
Perhaps plebs will now be able to afford
to screw their governments for a change?
stars shine in British fashion design labels.
for fresh probe into travel firms offering 'too
good to be true deals'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/holidays/article-2345768/Which-calls-fresh-OFT-investigation-travel-firms-good-true-holiday-deals.html
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/21/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
release: simple steps can protect public from
cyber fraud. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/simple-steps-can-protect-public-from-cyber-fraud
and Spain launch probes into Google. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22994883#
says reform of EU VAT system needed. http://www.accountancylive.com/croner/jsp/Editorial.do?channelId=-601043&contentId=2610310
The VAT system in the UK and EU is so complex
that small firms are being prevented from operating
across borders and are excluded from the single
market, according to a report by the Association
of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). VAT
rates vary from 27% in Hungary to 15% in Luxembourg
and there are so many other reduced rates and
exemptions that ACCA has called for the introduction
of a harmonised EU system of reduced rates of
VAT. Chas Roy-Chowdhury, ACCA head of taxation,
said: "VAT was supposed to be simple. In
the UK alone it has become a complicated tax,
but when you add in the various rates and exclusions
that apply in the EU it becomes a maze."
of Canterbury hits out at payday loan firms.
Whereas every individual and every business
would like to enjoy straightforward borrowing
at low and flexible interest rates, it should
be remembered that the payday loan phenomenon
didn't take off in the UK until the disastrous
collapse of banking around five years ago, and
the blame for which can be laid at the feet
of successive governments and regulatory bodies
every bit as much as the banks themselves.
Archbishop is a Member of the House of Lords
which it could be said, has enshrined traditional
High Street banking usury for centuries; he
is also a member of the Commission on Banking
Standards, which has done nothing more than
issue a couple of press releases over the past
investment: the best places to make money in
best restaurants. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/london/10132731/Londons-best-restaurants.html
most unfriendly destinations for tourists.
planned on ticket touts. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/21/crackdown-planned-on-ticket-touts/
Too late unfortunately, to do anything about
LOCOG; although the Brazilians are taking the
lead with protests over one the world's greatest
scams - doped-up, cheating, money laundering,
mafia-run professional football. Hopefully,
their efforts will rub off on plebs in other
parts of the world and we will witness a Turnstile
Spring. The very best of luck to them.
Larf #1: Scots will be more vulnerable to terror
attacks if they don't remain in the UK, claims
Engerlandt's official knob-polisher to American
terrorism, Willy (I-should-be-in-the) Hague.
I would have thought that by severing their
connections with the one the world's Top Three
terrorist states, the Scots would be eliminating
the threat of terrorism altogether? Or is Willy
making a veiled threat that he'll be sending
'millions' of illegal English immigrants across
the border again, (disguised as Moldavian grannies),
to terrorise, rape, rob and murder the Scots
as they have been doing for the past few hundred
Larf #2: UK should provide GM crop technology
to poor countries to solve world food crisis,
states Engerlandt's knob-polisher to American
There's already enough food to feed the world's
entire population and then some. It's land-use,
distribution, so-called free trade and waste,
all encapsulated by slavering Big Corp and investor
greed that are the problems; not food production.
But then again, government ministers aren't
appointed to represent the interests of plebs
at the expense of Big Corp profits.
the meantime, GM
foods are being kept off the menus at Westminster.
Can't be having our politicians turning into
'swivel-eyed loons' as well as us, can we now?
release: British murder industry exports rose
by 62% in 2012. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/defence-exports-largest-increase-in-5-years
That's really good news for all of us, isn't
it? Another 150,000 or more dead, potential
clients again. Still. Nothing to do with Libya,
Syria or T.W.A.T., I'm sure.
TaxationWeb newsletter is back! http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=20130af8d76b06160470ee741&id=b0df306d16&e=45c941d6f6
businesses 'feeling more confident'. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/small-businesses-feeling-more-confident-20139930
retail sales see strong rise in May. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22982319#
Is this all those illegal immigrants who
can work, reed and rite Inglish, stealing our
jobs and spending 'our' money in 'our' shops?
Or is it hundreds of thousands of extra tourists
who've heard that the sliding value of bog-roll
sterling makes Engerlandt a good destination
for a bit of shopping?
Chief Executive to become new trade minister.
We presume this appointment has been approved
by Rupert Merdoch, Sky, PRISM and snooping tabloids?
probe into why small firms can't get loans or
even open current accounts. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2344753/Probe-firms-loans-Banks-investigated-time-decade.html
Portas accuses Government of paying 'lip service'
to saving the country's High Streets. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2344269/Queen-Shops-Mary-Portas-accuses-Government-paying-lip-service-saving-UK-high-streets-demands-meeting-David-Cameron.html
Yes, Mary. That's why they hire artificial
entrepreneurial celebrities like you to puff
out their rule-by-propaganda stories. Which
you know, of course, and why you are now trying
to make this latest 'news' with a face-saving
exercise to disassociate yourself from their
latest damp fart. Still, not to worry. There
wouldn't have been a single, serious business
professional who would have been taken in.
electricity prices to be almost double Germany's
within 3 years. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/10130970/UK-electricity-prices-almost-twice-as-expensive-as-Germany-within-three-years.html
households losing billions every year due to
charging 'errors'. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/408888/Millions-cheated-in-household-bills-scandal
delays at their worst for six years; only 40%
of passengers believe tickets are value for
Airport's £50 guides. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/20/manchester-airports-new-50-airport-guides/
The service is proposing 'fast-tracking'
immigration controls. As we said a couple of
weeks ago, does the Home Office know about this
little money-spinner? Because if they're too
busy writing Theresa May's next propaganda item
to be aware of what's going on, I'd like to
be a fly-on-the-wall when diplomatic passport
holders, waiting patiently in line, see less-deserving
plebs jumping the queues. (Not that you're going
to get many diplomatic passport holders arriving
via Manchester; yet; especially 'terrorists'.)
of people are addicted to internet. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2344501/Are-YOU-addicted-internet-Doctors-draw-list-symptoms-including-mood-changes-poor-social-life.html
Or, why Britain isn't working.
and illness to kill savings. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/19/accidents-and-illness-to-kill-savings/
scams among comeback cons. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22975304#
investment to bring Liverpool homes back into
left the big city behind for a new life in the
Lewis electrical clearance sale. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/12774
Startup Conference, October 24 - 25, 2013,
Las Vegas. http://www.mlmlegal.com/
Royal Mail staff vote to boycott rivals. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/19/mail-staff-vote-for-rivals-boycott/
release: Government welcomes customer service
price bubble warning. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22949429#
less gloomy over finances. http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2013/jun/18/pensioners-financial-crisis-age
Britons holidaying abroad. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/19/fewer-britons-holidaying-abroad/
Not a bad thing for the British economy and
local, small and home businesses; despite the
efforts of Little Engerlandt tabloids and politicians
to show our holidaymakers the way abroad.
owners sacrifice own wages to keep stores open.
Shop owners are sacrificing their own wages
in order to keep their stores open and pay staff,
according to a survey by the Association of
Convenience Stores (ACS). The survey, which
polled over 1,100 independent retailers across
the UK, revealed that 55% of shop owners believe
that they earn less than the minimum wage. ACS
Chief Executive, James Lowman, said: "Rising
business rate bills, energy costs and increasing
competition from small format supermarkets are
all contributing factors to the figures."
one of those day-to-day realities of running
a business which will be appearing in the Government's
tabloid propaganda, I suspect.
sets out High Street vision. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/18/expert-sets-out-high-streets-vision/
you avoid a fixed energy tariff? http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/19/should-you-avoid-a-fixed-energy-tariff/
cars should use less fuel. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/18/new-cars-should-use-less-fuel/
Another shaggy dog myth which has been doing
the rounds for the past century or so. The consumer
might want a more economical car; no-one else
does. From Exxon to governments to manufacturers
to Top Gear. There's no profiteering in it.
That's why the average fuel consumption for
motoring today is just about unchanged since
the Second World War. And why the successful
production of electric cars - in the United
States especially - was also strangled, once
again, about a hundred years ago. And the plebs?
They just love it!
identity capital is East Ham. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/19/east-ham-identity-fraud-capital/
Think-tank calls for higher NICs for self-employed.
Self-employed people currently benefit from
tax breaks worth over £1.6 billion a year
because they pay National Insurance contributions
(NICs) at lower rates than employed staff, according
to a report by the think-tank CentreForum. The
report's author, Adam Corlett, believes this
differential also provides a tax avoidance loophole
and has urged the Government to equalise National
Insurance levels and remove the 'tax bias towards
self-employment'. However, the report also calls
for Class 2 National Insurance to be scrapped
to help reduce the tax burden on self-employed
people with very low incomes. (EnterpriseQuest)
identifying the NIC 'tax bias' towards the self-employed,
the think-tank doesn't see fit to point out
that on the other hand, the self-employed very
rarely take days off sick, work far longer hours
than salaried staff, have far fewer paid holidays
- if any at all because the self-employed don't
get statutory holiday pay - are responsible
for finding their own work on a daily basis
and are paid on results or output only. Then
of course, there are the pension disadvantages
of being self-employed: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/smallbusiness/article-2335657/Self-employed-miss-91-500-work-pension-payments-half-retirement-plan-all.html
But despite all of this, the self-employed sector
makes a positive contribution to any economy
rather than simply living off it. Like academia,
for example. And a few hundred other employment
sectors to boot.
course, were the think-tank to be taken seriously
for their laudable suggestion that everyone
should make an equal contribution to a level
taxation playing field and thus, to the country's
economy - which we are all for - then let's
start with the really serious evaders, shall
we? And ask that think-tanks - like the self-employed
have to - find their own money to fund their
own activities. Rather than profiting from the
current tax bias towards Big Corp who in turn,
fund academics to come up with schoolboy arguments
underpinned by half-arsed research to support
any given myth. Or alternatively, just sponge
off the entire taxpayer-funded education system
which as the whole world can see, has produced
such splendid results in recent years!
Which might have something to do with being
paid for an entire tax year in exchange for
a mere 39-week appearance. At 30 hours a week.
If they're not feeling poorly.
quarter of small business owners regret starting
A quarter of small and medium-sized business
owners regret starting their own firm and 23%
would not do it again if they had the chance,
according to a survey by Viking Direct. Just
over a quarter of firms in the retail, leisure
and finance sectors regretted starting up, while
only 14% of respondents in the technology sector
said this. In addition, 44% of respondents believe
Government policies have no positive effect
on their business. Despite this, 65% of smaller
firms expect to expand and 29% forecast an increase
in profits in the next three to six months.
don't suppose we'll be seeing this fact introduced
as an economic health warning in the pleb-blurb
for a Government start-up loan? No. I didn't
more positive about their finances. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22942315#
bailiffs are turning ugly. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/18/british-bailiffs-are-turning-ugly/
abroad costs British pensioners £10.6
to Brits who have committed to a life abroad
usually follows the same pattern: their only
research into their life-changing move has been
a glance at British tabloid headlines and so
they think that the £ is still worth the
same as it was in Queen Victoria's day. The
endless media-bashing of the euro always forgets
to mention one, critical thing. The pound is
in an even worse state than most other currencies
and has been for a few years now. But all is
not lost. Brits abroad can always turn their
hands to running a 'Bed & Breakfast'. Over
a 4/5 month season. Without any visitors. Or
a gardening service. Except outside battery-housing
Britain, 'gardens' frequently tend to run to
acres and need to be managed with chainsaws,
brushcutters and tractors which cost thousands
to buy. Never mind the learning curve. A bit
of d.i.y. for the natives, perhaps? Yeah. Right.
and US in 'biggest ever trade deal in history'.
I'm not quite sure why this article is showing
a picture of David Cameron. He had nothing to
do with the coup. Anyway, the UK is coming out
of the EU because it can do better without it.
conservatory push for homeowners comes under
Despite all the fuss in the media, the proposals
will only affect 2,900 extensions a year. So
another total irrelevance conceived on the back
of an increasingly rare fag packet.
me of a poll I saw recently for Big Brother.
Only 7% of those polled thought the series should
continue. Fast forward to propagandashitewriters,
tabloid TV columnists and there you'd think
the series was up for a BAFTA award, despite
doing no more than hosting every useless wannabe,
has-been (and copper) who doesn't have anything
relevant or worthwhile to be getting on with.
seller returns policy doesn't suit me. http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2013/jun/17/ebay-seller-returns-policy
website that names lousy tippers. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2012/aug/17/the-website-which-names-lousy-tippers
I like this!
Reasons You Really Need A Business Plan
The risks of moonlighting and how to avoid them.
A useful piece of research for once.
turn to peer-to-peer lending. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/15/savers-turn-to-peer-to-peer-lending/
£ must fall further if Britain is to have
lasting economic recovery. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/rogerbootle/10123660/The-pound-must-fall-further-if-Britain-is-to-have-a-lasting-recovery.html?placement=mid3
Cheerful start to the week. Nor is
it any kind of solution. What's needed is responsible,
competent and honest governance. An end to politicians
fagging would be a good start.
unions 'need more powers'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/17/credit-unions-need-more-powers/
Everyone has been agreed on that for donkey's
years. Except the banks, of course. And who
do our governments work for ? Apart from the
Yanks? (Although it's all pretty much the same
this the end of a rogue trader's dishonest day's
vinyl LPs making a comeback. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/407862/The-old-fashioned-LP-record-is-back-and-that-s-vinyl
Now that all our yoof need is a decent, British
Quad hi-fi system (sadly, now owned by the Chinese)
and we'll be getting back to a bit of 50-year-old
quality. And CLASS. Not some cheapo plastic
bungs stuck in sheeps' ears. Trouble is, where
are our youngsters going to get the money from?
efficiency ups home values. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/17/energy-efficiency-ups-home-value/
causing consumers to desert organic produce.
of travellers being priced off UK railways.
Yet another Thatcher legacy coming good.
Smaller firms experiencing difficulties with
backup and recovery. http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240185363/Backup-and-recovery-challenges-most-small-businesses-study-shows
Most small and medium-sized firms experience
difficulties with data backup and recovery,
according to a study by Veeam Software. The
study, which polled 500 smaller firms in Europe
and the US, revealed that 85% are experiencing
financial challenges with backup and recovery,
83% lack capability and 80% struggle with complexity
issues. The study also found that an average
of 33% of respondents' virtual infrastructure
is not backed up and 55% plan to change their
backup tool for virtual servers by 2014. Ratmir
Timashev of Veeam said: "More and more
small and medium-sized enterprises [SMEs] are
being subject to the same IT challenges and
business pressures as large enterprises."
retailers hit back at tax plan. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/10122501/Online-retailers-hit-back-at-tax-plan.html
No surprises there. Orders have obviously
come in from tax-evading, U.S. Big Corp.
Just as much as tax-evading British Big Corp.
Who, just like the Treasury and government,
don't give a collective diddly squat about entrepreneurial
opportunities for plebs whether it be on the
internet - or behind a market stall. Still.
There will be much semblance of democratic debate,
and James Caan start-up loan help London party
planners. (Advertorial). http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/407846/Mentoring-and-James-Caan-start-up-loan-for-London-party-planners
How complicated life has become. When I went
into party plan thirty years ago, I, just like
every other party planner and market trader
in the country, talked nicely to the supplier
to simply obtain an extended line of credit.
It takes a bit of doing if you're just starting
out but it is possible. Capital outlay: £0.
With 'the internet revolution' I suppose
all that has changed. Plus, 'party planner'
referred to in this 'advertorial' is function
or event organising and not the direct selling
version which this term is historically associated
plans balloon network to extend reach of the
Fully approved and financed by the U.S. military.
offering a safe haven for your data. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/jim-armitage-swiss-can-offer-a-safe-haven-for-your-data-8659914.html
train tickets early could save hundreds of pounds.
For many years I have subscribed to this
'standard' advice but more recently I have become
increasingly dubious of marginal price advantages
outweighing what are numerous inconveniences.
my particular case the main problem is the French,
whose once-excellent rail and transport services
have degenerated significantly over the past
decade. At the same time, the very cheapest
advance-bookings are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
Consequently, if your planned journey is affected
by industrial action, severe weather or just
trade union fascist thugs looking for an extra
day off, then changes to your itinerary will
almost certainly require new tickets. That will
include the UK or any other part of Europe as
any failure along any stage of your journey
produces a domino effect.
the majority of cases, you will be able to get
replacement tickets but only like-for-like and
if you are trying to make up for lost time and
want to re-schedule wasted meetings for example,
then you will be facing the cost of new tickets
at astronomical, short-notice prices. You will
not only have to queue again but explain at
length what you want and why. You will have
the cost of multiple calls to your destination
to re-arrange everything. If you can't get to
the ticket office then dial in still more wasted
time in online booking, which with French sites
particularly, isn't designed to be efficient
or rapid. There may even be hotel stays to factor
handiwork of French CGT socio-fascist
emmerdeurs apart, a major national strike
in any country will impact on all forms of transport
regardless of specific sector, as large numbers
of travellers look for alternatives to complete
their journeys. And it really isn't worth it.
I have found is - forget advance and especially
online booking. Turn up at a ticket office,
aiming to travel off-peak. Deal with someone
who is invariably a nice, experienced and knowledgeable
professional who will immediately tell you what
the cheapest offers are. Buy an open-ended return
ticket for just a few pounds more than it would
cost you to buy one months earlier. No stress.
No hassle. Very fast. Very little difference
in terms of price. Infinitely more flexible.
only challenge after that is, if you are travelling
by rail in the UK, finding a station seat to
wait on; and a litter bin. I suspect it's down
to passenger conditioning; preparing the plebs
for a rail journey of standing room in rolling
shitpits, only. It can't be down to economics
because the expenditure on railway stations
in the UK at the moment is absolutely astronomical.
Ignoring all that, here's the latest RailEurope
job in Britain's wind farm scam is effectively
subsidised to the tune of £100,000 a year.
That's almost as much as the cost of subsidising
Britain's and America's murder industry. By
us plebs and other defenceless victims. For
whom there are no subsidies whatsoever. And
a kick in the bollox at 65. Or at 67, for most
of you. Or at 80, for today's yoof. All obligingly
set up by numerous governments and their media
scrotes from all around the world.
Online shops need to ramp up disabled access.
Community: How feasible is it to continue using
Windows XP when Microsoft stops supporting it?
banks lose 2.4 million customers in protest
at their incompetent and criminal activity.
Since a 'spokesman' for a High Street bank
told me a few years ago that it takes a movement
of around 50,000 accounts for a bank to sit
up and take notice, this sort of figure should
do the trick! Good to see consumers voting with
their feet on this kind of scale.
strikes to hit Post Offices. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/14/fresh-strikes-to-hit-post-offices/
leaks app discloses tax haven users. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jun/15/database-app-icij-tax-havens
To help plebs identify companies they should
boycott. If they can be arsed.
landlords face licensing crackdown. http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2013/jun/14/bad-landlords-licensing-crackdown
interactive guide to Europe's arms trade.
Interesting to see how the socialist, caring
French have become the EU's #1 Merchants of
Death, exporting more chemical agents alone
(like those the US have 'found' in Syria) than
the rest of the EU combined. Happy timing for
the Americans, CIA wigheads, their British fags
and the continuing supply of arms to global
terrorism. Paid for in cash, money, by plebs,
pensioners and small businesses from around
the world. And the lives of millions who ain't
got no cash, money.
tax authorities finally persuade David Beckham
to hand over his French club earnings to charities.
I never thought I'd hear myself congratulating
the French taxman but on this occasion, "Chapeau,
messieurs!" What was originally conceived
as a shite-cheap publicity stunt to impress
English tabloids and their carrot-IQ readerships,
has at least seen a cause infinitely more noble
and worthwhile than cheating, doped-up professional
football, gain some benefit.
cut taxes so companies move to Britain', says
Errr. David Cameron's 'companies' are already
avoiding paying tax. Is his usual propagandashitewriter
for simpler energy tariffs in disarray.
That's more like it! At least some of Da P.M.'s
team are still on message.
waste costing families £4200 a year.
That will be all those flavour-of-the-day consultants,
gurus and nano-celebrities, then. Mind you,
for a country with a ruling class which pissed
the world's greatest empire up the wall in under
a hundred years, this is peanuts.
entrepreneurial pair handed MBEs. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/15/online-entrepreneurs-handed-mbes/
That's it, is it? Just two (TWO; 2) online
entrepreneurs - from the same online business
- receive honours this year. Some digital entrepreneurial
tsunami, that is. And how many gongs have gone
to the financial sector this time? Well, according
to the official press release, the 'Industry
and the Economy' nosebag gets 10% of the total
1182 awards. That's over 100.
loses £1000 a week dream role after offering
to buy Muslim recruiter a bacon sandwich.
reminded of an exhibition I went to. The stand
next to me was being manned by a keen youngster
from Little England, to-the-right-of-Texas,
who kept approaching the all-foreign visitors
with a beaming smile and introducing himself
with a "Hi". Without exception, no-one
he greeted showed any enthusiasm for starting
a conversation. Later that morning, a bemused
fellow-delegate from the host country whispered
to me, (loosely translated), "You would
have thought he'd have started to 'come down'
by now and become a bit more discreet."
the problem with a 'modern' education. It doesn't
do the business.
some jolly weekend reading taken from Mark Anastasi's
latest Laptop Millionaire newsletter.
I'm sorry if none of it conforms to the
Government's official line, nor to the messages
of endorsement sent out by its P.Pro.Ps (Preferred
Propaganda Personalities). But the plain fact
of the matter is that only a tiny handful of
business hopefuls will ever make it big; and
I'll bet you not one of them will have done
so by following 'official' guidance or media
Shocking Facts, Quotes, & Statistics about
the Job Market
A SHOCKING three-quarters of the world's adults
do NOT have a full-time job. According to
Gallup's new "Payroll to Population"
metric, only 27% of the world's adults were
employed full time for an employer in 2011.
The True US Unemployment Rate is 23.6%.
(36.7m Americans are Unemployed). According
to CNN, there are 86 Million Invisible
Unemployed in America. According to John Williams,
an economist who runs ShadowStats.com, the true
number of people currently out of work is at
23.6%. Thats a whopping 36.7 million Americans.
"The middle class is dead. Most jobs
that existed 20 years ago aren't needed now..."
James Altucher wrote recently: "The middle
class is dead. A few weeks ago I visited a friend
of mine who manages a trillion dollars for one
family. No joke. A trillion. He said: Look
out the window. All the cubicles are empty.
The middle class is being hollowed out. [...]
Its all outsourced or technology has taken
over for the paper shufflers. Youve been
replaced. Technology, outsourcing, a growing
temp staffing industry, productivity efficiencies,
have all replaced the middle class. Most jobs
that existed 20 years ago arent needed
Technology and the Web are destroying far more
jobs than they create. "Over the past
15 years, the global economy has experienced
structural changes to a degree not seen in nearly
150 years. Put simply, the Industrial Revolution
of the 1800s has given way to a post-industrial
economy. In this post-industrial economy, technology
has now evolved to the point where it destroys
more jobs than it creates." Source: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/labor-day-2012-future-work
We are returning to Depression Era unemployment.
Between 1929 and 1933, U.S. GDP fell around
30%, and the stock market lost almost 90% of
its value. In 1929, the unemployment rate averaged
3%. In 1933, 25% of all workers and 37% of all
non-farm workers were unemployed.
The job-for-life generation told us that
if we worked hard we'd end up with a great retirement.
If we stuck at that soul-sapping job, when we
were 60 we could live fabulously, travel and
have a whale of a time (assuming you make it
that far). Wait a minute... would those be with
those same retirement plans that went down the
tube in the crash of 2008? Where thousands upon
thousands of regular people who had worked their
whole life for the dream at the end were left
"Workers over 50 are the new 'unemployables"
Young people in bankrupt western nations
[...] society is going to force-feed you a s***
sandwich. Higher taxes, more debt, fewer prospects,
and a much lower standard of living await you.
University graduates are forced into lowly jobs
such as cleaning lavatories. Youth unemployment
in the Euro area stood at 22.6% . in July. In
Spain it rose to 52.9%." Source: The Evening
Standard, 20 September 2012
what is the solution? --> Think like
an entrepreneur. Add more value.
Black says: "The average Korean works 1,000
hours per year more than the average German.
Here in Thailand, people who don't have a job
simply create one for themselves -- selling
fruit on the streets, fixing flat tires, whatever
they can do to trade their skills and labor
I want to leave you with this quote from Robert
Kiyosaki's book 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad'...
people work very hard, for little money, clinging
to the illusion of job security, looking forward
to 3-week vacation each year and a skimpy pension
after 45 years of work. If
that excites you, go for it. [...] Most people
never see the trap they are in. Every morning,
they get up, they get ready, and hurry out to
work. Do they look happy to you?
do they do it? Because everybody else is. [...]
Every day they wake up with this fear gnawing
at their soul. They rush off to work, hoping
that a paycheck will kill the fear. Money is
running their lives, and they refuse to tell
the truth about it ...
afford to go bankrupt? A Debt Relief Order may
be the answer. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/13/cant-afford-to-go-bankrupt-a-debt-relief-order-may-be-the-answ/
£700 versus £90, in other words.
I get a credit black mark removed? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/jessicainvestigates/10118315/Can-I-get-a-credit-black-mark-removed.html
Britain needs a Small Business Saturday.
Still more propaganda from the W.C. (War
Criminal) Party which has done more to destroy
British small business interests than any other
single influencing factor. What IS needed, are
politicians who have a genuine interest in the
country's welfare and can be seen shopping and
rubbing shoulders with the general public, like
Bruce Willis, 'ON A DAILY BASIS'. And not just
vote harvesting with a gimmicky sound-bite every
couple of months plus a bit of Twattering.
sausages contain most meat. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/14/own-brand-sausages-have-most-meat/
Looking at the prices in this article, even
own-brand supermarket sausages work out more
expensively than sausages made by your local
butcher where meat content will often be double
- but the prices remain about the same.
also hearing on French radio this morning that
after five months of the horse-meat scandal,
a consumer programme has finally picked up on
the well-known fact that cheap, imported and
drug-contaminated Neddy continues to arrive
in the country - from the U.S.A. and Canada
- and not from their favourite whipping boys,
Eastern Europe, Spain or G.B. And France is
Europe's biggest consumer of supermarket-shite-wrapped-in-plastic-and-disguised-as-food,
despite everyone pretending to know a thing
or two about gastronomy; and trying to maintain
their myths of food traceability and public
food safety standards. You can imagine our Froggy
friends are not amused just at the moment. Well:
those who aren't on strike or still on their
as we keep saying. Support your small, local
butcher or producer - wherever in the world
they might be. They are just like us. They are
to end mobile roaming charges from next year.
files patent for influence-based advertising.
incomes rising fastest. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22890906#
One reason why they are scammers' preferred
being warned on setting up 'trust' schemes.
Another official scam in the early stages of
passengers facing summer of travel anarchy.
It wouldn't be so bad if the strikers actually
had fair and reasonable grounds for their protests.
However, in this particular case, the opposite
is true. These are already the fattest, laziest
pigs at the fonctionnaire's
trough and once again, it is the hard-working
majority which has to suffer the consequences
of French social elitism and exploitation.
luggage that will never be lost. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10118962/The-luggage-that-will-never-be-lost.html
That's great! It can now be found simply and
quickly still in some other country. If you
are travelling via or to or from France.
British seaside events this summer. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/10118491/Quirky-British-seaside-events-this-summer.html
calls police saying prostitute breached Sale
of Goods Act. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/13/man-calls-police-saying-prostitute-breached-the-sale-of-goods-ac/
ruling in the complaint against ex-Farepak director.
The Farepak shaggy dog story, with full official
blessing, continues. The auditors, next.
for the weekend: Brian
Tracy talks about the 'Law of Income':
Get Paid In Direct Proportion To The Amount
Of VALUE You Deliver According To The Marketplace!
financial success is directly related to the
size of the problem you solve for other people
(solve BIG problems and you'll make BIG money).
You will always be paid in direct proportion
to the work you do, how well you do it, and
the difficulty of replacing you. Do more than
you are paid for. There are never any traffic
jams on the extra mile."
another book of his, Brian also states: "Successful
people are always looking for opportunities
to help others. Unsuccessful
people are always asking, "What's in it
Larf #1: 'We won't win wars if we have more
spending cuts', claims Army Chief. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/10119637/Army-chief-we-wont-win-wars-if-we-are-cut-again.html
So what 'wars' have 'we' won over the past
century, then? As opposed to just being on the
winning side? And awarding the fruits of military
defence budgets to American instead of British
has this statement been cleared with the Pentagon's
Larf #2: Britons are the second most prolific
Twitter and Facebook users in Europe. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2340893/Britons-second-prolific-Facebook-Twitter-users-EUROPE-fifth-aged-65.html
Obviously some correlation with Britain's
piss-poor economic standing and sliding value
of sterling against the euro.
Official release: New bill of rights to help
businesses and consumers. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-bill-of-rights-to-help-businesses-and-consumers
new Consumer Rights Bill: what you need to know.
boss adds his weight to an online sales tax.
businesses lacking confidence because of eurozone.
pensioners caught in mobile home retirement
Then, there are millions of pensioners who
have been caught by the official, contribute
to a pension scam.
for BT adverts offering 'free' YouView box.
most expensive location in latest Club Sandwich
Beating Paris into second place. Where I
can't imagine anyone being able to buy an edible
Club Sandwich, anyway. Plus, how do you get
to Paris these days?
call for HMRC to investigate Google's tax avoidance.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. How about introducing some
laws to address corporate tax evasion, instead?
No? Thought not.
Fancy a free house? http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/12/fancy-a-free-house/
move will help credit union loans. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/12/rate-move-helps-credit-union-loans/
Taking a credit union loan isn't about getting
the very lowest rates. It's about getting preferential
treatment; being considered and helped when
sharks are circling in the vicinity; it's about
people helping each other; all the values in
other words, which have prevented credit unions
gaining more than token support in the UK.
urged to prioritise pension planning. http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/smallbusiness/article-2335657/Self-employed-miss-91-500-work-pension-payments-half-retirement-plan-all.html
Business owners and self-employed people have
been warned to prioritise personal pension planning
as they do not receive contributions into company
pension schemes from employers, which, on average,
amount to over £90,000 over the working
life of an employee, according to research published
by Prudential. Stan Russell of Prudential said:
"We know from our research that a significant
proportion of self-employed workers have no
private pension however, the state pension alone
is not enough for a good standard of living
in retirement, which is why saving as much as
possible into a pension from an early stage
it be a wonderful world if the majority of self-employed
folk could AFFORD to prioritise pension planning?
and tourism industries to create 30,000 new
jobs by 2015. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/11/hospitality-jobs-to-be-created/
All we need now is for the Government and
the media to start singing from the same hymn
sheet and we might be getting a result.
the other hand, this is where we actually are:
losing business 'every minute' due to Chinese
visa controls. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/china-business/10114052/Britain-losing-business-every-minute-due-to-Chinese-visa-rules.html
surprisingly long, C19th-old list of 'visa nationals'
can be found here: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/visiting/general/visa/
(Click on Are you a visa national?
at bottom of page.) Unsurprisingly for
the present government of fagging, swivel-eyed
loons, whereas a visitor from the Vatican requires
a visa, visitors from the most prolific terrorist
state in the world by far, the U.S.A., can come
and go as they please.
laws to help consumers enforce verbal agreements.
forced to wait hours for baggage at Manchester
So this is what happens to passengers who
refuse to pay out for the latest travel scam,
£50 to queue-jump, is it? http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/07/50-to-queue-jump-at-manchester-airport/
agents' fees out of control. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/12/letting-agent-fees-out-of-control/
Too many snouts in the trough again. Everything
used to be manageable until 'buy-to-let' became
fashionable and with it, a new generation of
wine-bar dwellers, the 'guppypreneurs'. Can't
read, can't write, can't do sums, too idle or
too stupid to even change a tenant's lightbulb
but do watch The Apprentice or Dragons' Den
and dream of being tomorrow's millionaires.
Perfect scam fodder in other words, and all
up for the latest formula for making money without
doing any work.
Energy referred to Ofgem after surge in complaints.
Audit Office to investigate Government premium-line
firms that mistreat consumers, says Citizens'
Eyes up! Mind you, that would also compromise
and embarass the political party suppository
(donor) system. So we won't be having it!
conspiracy theories are absolute nonsense, declares
Ken Clarke. Who failed to declare his interest
in the group. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2338936/Bilderberg-2013-Ken-Clarke-called-Parliament-answer-questions-conference.html
Live and let live, I say. If people want
to meet in private then by all means let them
do so. However, once the taxpayer has to fund
that meeting - and at considerable expense -
then transparency in the public interest is
called for. Especially when one looks at the
list of delegates. And especially, especially
when politicians and media propaganda presenters
spend so much time denying and ridiculing there's
anything fishy going on - without addressing
one, solitary fact or issue. Which, coming from
British politicians and the media, is tantamount
to a signed confession of serious skulduggery
afoot. At the very least.
wasters rack up 3 million Arsebook hits. (Plus
online betting and gaming.) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2339955/How-MPs-racked-3m-Facebook-hits-Figures-waste-thousands-hours-social-networks-betting-sites.html
I blame the people who voted them in, myself.
Can't the public find some stray dogs to vote
for at the next elections, instead?
Shed of the Year contest. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/jun/11/shed-of-year-love-garden
Events Guide. http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=78b146a49ba79b6c0b4751da5&id=4238c6e325&e=bf4b3c7991
plum charming. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/what-kind-of-music-does-a-plum-charmer-play-anything-by-the-stones-or-deep-purple-8654510.html
Two thirds of SMEs want to stay in the EU. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/yourbusiness/10111475/Small-firms-want-to-stay-in-EU-to-keep-trading-links.html
That may well be the case but it's not the
majority no more so than this country's greater
economic interests which will determine whether
or not Britain's politicians keep us in the
EU. It's up to the U.S. - which so far, is well
onside for Britain staying in.
consumers set to 'loosen belts' this year.
Sounds like a very precise and accurate economic
model they're using.
account switching to be 'hassle-free'. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22844105#
Yet another shaggy dog promise which has been
running for as long as the one about an internet-led
Bank admits to PPI complaints issues. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/11/bank-admits-ppi-complaints-issues/
cash making a comeback. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2339311/Hard-cash-makes-comeback-count-pennies-Using-notes-coins-feeling-control-spending.html
Yay. Nothing like a roll of notes in your pocket
for that feelgood factor; getting some instant
results; and avoiding the scrutiny of GCHQ.
sales - your rights as a buyer. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/11/boot-sales-your-rights-as-a-buyer/
in ten micro-businesses are underinsured.
Small firms risk losing £1.4 billion in
annual revenue by failing to safeguard against
business threats, a report by Lloyds TSB has
revealed. According to the report, 38% of micro-businesses
with ten employees or fewer had been affected
by theft, vandalism or damage in the past year,
and almost of third of them were unable to operate
fully for more than a week, while one in five
were unable to trade for up to a month. Despite
this, 36% of micro-business owners have not
taken any measures to protect their business
and 40% are underinsured.
round of summertime strikes by idle, overpaid,
French parasite fonctionnaires to hit
travellers again. (And French economy.)
future home: self-sufficient in meat, fish,
vegetables and fruit. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/the-future-home-selfsufficient-in-meat-fish-vegetables-and-fruit-8652465.html
Sounds like an old-fashioned smallholding
to me. Or, used to be, before Agri-Corp, banks
and governments destroyed them all. Now - just
another high-tech shaggy dog story.
defends himself with a stick against a burglar
- and gets charged with GBH. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2339258/Businessman-vs-burglars-midnight-fight-premises-Now-HES-GBH-charge.html
Which is why so many 'businessmen' have left
and are leaving Britain for countries where
crime is managed by non-press-baron lackeys
doing a bit of wheelie-bin sniffing and snooping
on the side. Of course, had our defendant been
an American businessman who dropped bombs on
and killed millions of innocent civilians, he
would have been applauded, lauded, rewarded
and publicised as a 'hero'.
What should you declare when selling your home?
dark internet: the Tor System. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/online/the-tor-system-welcome-to-the-dark-internet-where-you-can-search-in-secret-8651364.html
controls on security sytems which could be used
to snoop on neighbours.
Unless the CCTV system is made in the USA,
of course, in which case it will come with full
'Exempt From International Law' certification.
It could be an issue for home businesses
with potential security issues, though. Especially
in areas with a high frequentation of Tory hoodies.
of shotgun and firearm licenses must rise, says
police chief. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/10108764/Cost-of-shotgun-and-firearm-licences-must-rise-say-police-chiefs.html
It's looking like a double-pronged attack on
home business security, all of this.
to be offered a £24 PC and £2.99
per month broadband. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/10/benefit-claimants-offered-24-pc/
This will allow the Pentagon to fill in those
holes in its database of UK plebs, in readiness
to send in Blackwater and the drones when the
country starts rioting from hunger and cold.
Kind of a modern take on Marie Antoinette's
'let them eat cake'. Or, 'let them eat good
'ole US-military computer spyware', instead.
home businesses which have already laid out
a lot of money for kit and crap internet connections,
it does make them wonder I suppose, if it wouldn't
just be easier to go back on the dole. In the
meantime, tax-evading Big Corp has possibly
obtained an extra 10 million accounts financed
by the taxpayer; and tabloid propaganda has
more bullshit to crow about along the lines
that this will help the country become digitally-enabled.
Errr. That's what thick politicians and commercial
interests have been pushing for twenty years.
And all we have is a recession which is likely
to continue for a few more years if not for
ever. How about a few saleable skills, instead?
Basics like literacy, numeracy and life and
social skills? Then, once politicians, parents
and teachers have acquired these fundamentals,
they can be passed onto the country's youth!
After that, we could even anticipate a 50:50
business start-up survival rate and not just
1-in-10 and then back on the dole again. The
much-improved chances of finding jobs could
then conclude the FOURTY years which have been
wasted since the countrys' bosses/employers
first flagged up their concerns.
it is, treble whammy, chaps. Gongs all round
again. Arf. Arf.
scam victims who didn't even own a computer.
eBay coming in for a bit of stick again. You
know. That U.S. military spying company which
avoids paying our taxes.
online reputation management. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/10107511/Online-reputation-the-only-asset-worth-protecting.html
The problem with this is that curing and
mending an online reputation can become obsessive
at worst, time-wasting at best. If you are running
a business, especially a home business, time
is too valuable a commodity to be wasted on
unproductive issues which arise out of online
diarrhoea from saddos, sickos, Tory hoodies-cum-Government
advisers and total wasters. Which of course,
just like buying design-flawed software which
constantly needs patching and protecting, is
precisely how the whole internet scam starts
to work in the first place. Next little earner
on the horizon: an anti-snooping app. Or three.
occurs to me that with the internet being such
an uncontrolled, lawless territory a valid consideration
for home businesses should be the degree of
internet-dependence. Having nothing to do with
social media, the cloud, even a website, may
end up being a much more efficient and profitable
business model than our latter-day gurus would
have you believe. None of the tradesmen I work
with for example, have a website nor do they
'do' social media. On the other hand they are
all very busy and my plumber has even bought
his second villa, now. (In Portugal, though.
Less chance of seeing drunken Brits pissing
in your swimming pool, in Portugal. No more
so than in France although there, you have a
bunch of nutters in charge who think your villa
is their villa, and any kind of financial punt
at all at the moment, is a bad idea.)
Were millions of small businesses to do the
same, the subsequent drop-off in business for
the internet's giants would work a multiplicity
of wonders! Instead of mere digital snooping,
the CIA, Google, the local council and the HMRC
would deploy drones to fly over your home, instead.
registered with the Telephone Preference Service
receive double the number of nuisance calls.
Hardly surprising, is it? Just like late payment
Euro crisis is over, claims France's Francois
Really? France's 'crisis' certainly isn't
firms could face public contract bans over blacklisted
task force to 'save the High Street'; after
failure of last official publicity stunt, the
Mary Portas Travelling Circus. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/406164/Mary-Portas-failed-to-resuce-the-hight-street-so-is-there-a-new-saviour
Well, the latest mob certainly has the credentials
and I wish them luck. A pity this Government
can't get on with doing the business first,
then going after the sound-bites, second.
firms get go-ahead to ruin beauty spots.
I thought they had been doing that for years?
Or is this like the 'latest news' about security
services gathering and sharing information?
Which has also been going on for years; or centuries,
banking: act quickly after transfer mistakes.
IMAP to access emails. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/advice/10106006/Using-IMAP-to-access-emails.html
of the century. MPs to quiz Americans on data
This would be the same collection of political
scrotes who gave a U.S. manufacturer of weapons
of mass destruction the UK's last National Census
to carry out, would it? And have awarded one
public IT contract after another to American
companies? In fact, it would be quicker to ask
which official contract HASN'T gone to the Yanks;
despite repeated late-delivery and over-budget
underperformances which have cost the British
taxpayer billions of £s. When perfectly
competent British companies, gasping for work,
have systematically been ignored, leading to
large-scale unemployment which costs the country
yet again, billions of £s.
there is any 'quizzing' to be done then it's
questions which need to be asked of our M.P.s
to establish if they have any ideological (i.e.
public school fag = Oxbridge = ex-KGB or CIA
recruit/sleeper) or commercial interests in
the contracts which have been awarded; or if
they are simply so dangerously incompetent that
in the country's best national interests, they
should be sectioned under the 1975 Mental Health
Claims management companies to be named for
breaking rules. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/08/cmcs-to-be-named-for-breaking-rules/
million drivers could face up to £1000
pays no UK corporation tax. Yet again. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22817704#
Cue: huffin' and puffin' press release from
Government's propagandashitewriters. Outcome:
to stop unfair overdraft fines. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2337752/Banks-stop-unfair-payday-overdraft-fines-hit-customers-waiting-receive-money.html
So what other scam will the banks introduce
to compensate for ensuing losses?
ways that negotiation can boost your wealth.
makes ads look more like user posts. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/10105061/Facebook-makes-ads-look-more-like-user-posts.html
The move has received the full approval of
the Pentagon's Terrorist Development Unit. Little
Engerlandt's rapid response corp(se), W.O.R.M.
and the tabloids are to be fully briefed in
farms are a complete scam, says Government Minister.
Yes, we all know that. (Apart from carrot-IQ
plebs, of course.) It's been common knowledge
for years. Aided and abetted as they have by
politicians of all shades; and the media. Ditto
for North Sea oil. And the internet. Next, fracking.
And anything else new 'Da P.M.' gleans from
his head-banging session with the Bilderberg
Terrorist and Pleb-Milking Club this weekend.
to queue-jump at Manchester Airport. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/07/50-to-queue-jump-at-manchester-airport/
Does our Wannabe-Prime-Minister-Of-Consummate-Incompetence-And-Propaganda,
Theresa May, know about this little money-grubbing
ruse? Because fast-tracking passengers (other
than royalty and heads of state) and thus putting
increased pressure on immigration and customs
officers is a very good way of making it easier
for 'terrorists' to slip into the country. (Especially
murdering FBI and CIA nutters wearing wigs.)
Let alone eroding the country's enshrined democratic
and commercial principles of 'First come. First
served'. Or does that particular rule only apply
to bent and incompetent politicians these days?
Tips For Delivering A Memorable Presentation.
Association Resource newsletter; international
vacancies; news; etc. http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1ec0948bb8a32e26fd201c2a9&id=64208650d4&e=cf9ae972da
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/07/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
uplift in consumer spending. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/06/strong-uplift-in-consumer-spending/
Clever Ways People Make Money in Today's Economy.
Hot 100 of the UK's rising business stars.
joint bank accounts. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/07/the-best-joint-bank-accounts/
beat budget airlines' rip-off baggage charges.
Microsoft callers scamming thousands. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/microsoft/10103649/Fake-Microsoft-callers-scamming-thousands.html
to become a business success; have a broad face.
Buggrit. Game's up!
Great Entrepreneurial divide. 90% of self-employed
are in the north. AND they are more creative.
It seems the north is becoming a freelancers'
hub although these statistics do make me wonder
a tad. Some interesting 'comments' following
the article include a post from someone in France
(ostensibly) who says that 'self-employment'
is a form of tax avoidance. Obviously from a
'parasite fonctionnaire' who belongs
to that modern social sub-clique of despising
business activity but constantly whining to
be fed, watered, clothed and indulged by it.
While contributing nothing to society in return,
of course. It is a free world (apart from the
U.S.) and if self-employment or business is
such a profitable touch why don't freeloading
bloodsuckers 'have a go' themselves? Then they
can contribute 90% of their time and
income to help make the world a better place.
Historically however, this has not nor will
it, ever happen because there are two, major
requirements for successfull self-employment.
A brain. And a work ethic. Qualities which bureaucrats
simply don't possess.
final thought. For all the charitable, voluntary
work and sponsorhip I do, I almost never see
a civil servant, a bureaucrat or a fonctionnaire
amongst the volunteers. The helpers are invariably
other members of the business community; retired
folk; even single-parent mums wanting to make
a modest contribution to a better future for
their children - but just about NEVER a social
parasite. Now why's that?
Enterprise Hub acknowledged a success. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/12583
Printing Exhibition, ExCel, 25 - 29 June
Business Saver for best telecomms and broadband
deals. (Ad.) http://www.mybusinesssaver.com/
One-in-four would consider financing SMEs. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/one-four-would-consider-financing-smes-20139860
support for female entrepreneurs. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/more-support-female-entrepreneurs-20139866
spare rooms could net £69 billion.
It's always been our advice to people thinking
about starting a 'home office' or home business
that they should consider letting their spare
room first and look elsewhere for bespoke, commercial
premises. Many authorities these days offer
business starter units with all-inclusive heating,
lighting, reception, telephone-answering, basic
furniture, high-speed broadband, meeting room,
storage, etc, packages which can usually be
a lot cheaper than setting up and running your
affairs from home. It depends what kind of business
you are in, obviously, but do beware of the
old chestnut that a home business will inevitably
be a 'cheap' option.
shoppers driving increased British food sales.
Good for them. We certainly
can't rely on the older generation who are responsible
for the whole mess in the first place.
card thefts at ATMs have tripled in past year.
virus that empties your bank account. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/06/facebook-virus-that-empties-your-bank-account/
Bizarre Business Ideas That Made Millionaires.
heating up by £282 a year. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22781595#
prices have turned one-in-five Brits into 'paper'
Making Britain the richest, broke country
in the world. Just after Greece.
the digital world we'll soon all be working
for free - and I refuse'. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/05/digital-economy-work-for-free
placement service. http://www.xlgraduateplacement.co.uk/index.php
Seems like a keenly-priced service putting graduate-assisted
projects even within the reach of home business
budgets. On the other hand, although £400
a week doesn't seem like a lot of money to pay
out for someone with experience and professional
skills, it's far too much for someone who might
turn out to be no more use than a tea boy. In
fact, I've seen graduates who can't even do
put my money on a school-leaver and train them
up myself. That way you don't have to deal with
someone who's got ideas above their station
yet still needs to be 'trained up' anyway. Like
the eminently newsworthy James Caan,
for example. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/former-dragons-den-star-james-caan-takes-flight-after-awkward-start-to-internship-campaign-8645209.html
shoppers offered 5% extra cashback. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/10098969/Online-shoppers-offered-5pc-extra-cashback.html
cheap holiday alternatives. http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/travel/405267/Top-10-cheap-holiday-alternatives
When I saw 'cheap alternatives' I thought
we were going to see a list of British destinations.
Mais, non. Au contraire. Anywhere but and
including the region which sends 'millions'
of illegal 'back door' Moldavian grannies to
this country to steal our jobs and live off
benefits. Not a very patriotic or logical
choice for a Little Engerlandt tabloid, eh?
Although propaganda hacks often labour under
the misapprehension that working people get
the same six-figure salaries they do and can
afford to jet around all over the world to exotic
Klass wins Entrepreneur Award. http://www.express.co.uk/news/showbiz/405358/Myleene-Klass-wins-Entrepreneur-Award
Who on earth is Myleene Klass? What Entrepreneur
Award? And no, the link doesn't help because
it's yet another one of those 50-word tabloid
'articles' for plebs, which tells you absolutely
auction series. http://www.proauction.ltd.uk/
to protect your stay-at-home gadgets. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/how-to-protect-your-stayathome-gadgets-a-burglary-can-teach-you-important-lessons-about-security-8646452.html
- a British county to avoid. Fracking on the
Apart from all the scientific and historical
evidence against fracking, you can tell it's
an opportunist scam above all because the English
tabloids have got behind the idea and are giving
it their full support. Still. It is one step
up from promoting the murder of civilians in
Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Mali
and, fingers crossed, Turkey. Mebbe. In the
meantime, if you're considering a house and/or
business move to Sussex - then consider again.
the meantime, the very best of luck to the local
communities offered more say over wind farms.
Way to go. IF the offer ever sees fruition.
A hopeful sign, though, putting Britain on the
path towards democracy.
Union chief warns of 'sweat-shop' Britain. UK
and Most publicans below minimum wage.
this the nub of the problem, though? Relatively
well-off salaried workers and their trade union
barons peddle the old, traditional myths; Big
Corp and big businesses sustain that myth; whereas,
as always, the self-employed and small businesses
in the middle get caned by the myth. Except
it isn't a myth to them. It's reality. Unfortunately,
despite their overwhelming numerical superiority,
the self-employed have never joined forces to
obtain a decent livelihood for themselves. It's
always been a case of divided they stand; divided
they fall. And that is exactly how successive
governments have wanted things to stay.
warning for self-employed. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/05/pension-warning-for-self-employed/
Now there's a coincidence. The problem is, who
can you trust these days to look after your
money and help it grow for the next fourty or
fifty years and then continue to pay out for
perhaps thirty years or so after that?!
construction sector returns to growth. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22768282#
construction workers seeking compensation.
the passport rip-offs. (Including the
official ones. Ed.) http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/04/beware-the-passport-rip-offs/
booksellers seek curb on Amazon as French government
promises 9 million euros to help its own traditional
Nice to see the French government being pro-active
on this issue. Whereas of course, there
is the usual, predictable whining on most forums
from carrot-IQ plebs who are happy to see jobs
sacrificed to keep down their costs: so that
they can own two, Chinese-manufactured dummyphones;
a tablet and a laptop from Taiwan; big flatscreen
Korean telly to watch endless American repeats;
a sub to Sky; three secondhand cars (one German,
one Japanese, one South Korean) with French
lo-profile tyres and East-European-manufactured
big-bore exhausts; an American Pit Bull; eighteen
tattoos and - four starving children. And have
never heard of a library. Not having seen one
mentioned on Britain's Got Talent. Or in Australian
tabloid doppelganger, The Sun. (News International.)
down at the French-cloned gastro-pub, having
several drinks of Australian Fosters with the
lads, the topic of conversation will be all
those immigrants coming over stealing jobs and
ruining British businesses with cut-price labour;
and not being able to afford to take 'the kids'
on holiday to Spain this year.
debt agency kept threatening me'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/jessicainvestigates/10095661/eBays-debt-agency-kept-threatening-me.html
banking fuelling phobias. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/405062/Hi-tech-banking-fuels-our-phobias
Like hate-preaching tabloids and the space
they continue to give to the country's murderers,
war criminals, crooks, religious and political
freaks and pissheads, then?
is on for 900,000 people owed Premium Bond payouts.
suffering highest food and energy inflation
in the EU. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2336010/Britain-suffers-highest-food-energy-inflation-EU-crippling-squeeze-households-continues.html
should order smaller portions of chips to avoid
waste. Says £30 million a year quango.
Leaving behind chips on plates has nothing
to do with them tasting like cold, soggy shite,
perhaps? I can't remember the last time
I ate some decent chips even in supposedly 'quality'
eateries; other than my own. The other problem
of course, is getting decent potatoes for chips
these days. Still, I'm sure our tax-dodging
US multi-national food chains will be happy
to oblige with even smaller portions.
Family spending power at 12-month low. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/12526
lending continues to shrink. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22752201#
surprising amount of cash in the attic.
Beats borrowing money from 'the Government'
to start a little or home business - any day.
should 'use business rate cuts to boost high
Local authorities should use their new powers
to reduce business rates under the Localism
Act to help regenerate high streets, a new report
by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK), 3Space and Meanwhile
Space has said. The report makes several recommendations
to councils, including establishing business
rate policies that support social and economic
value creation, sharing examples of policies
with other local authorities, and introducing
Social Enterprise Zones and Meanwhile Enterprise
Zones ('meanwhile' refers to interim temporary
use of vacant property). (EnterpriseQuest)
about the blindingly obvious! Next steps: a
£100,000-a-week consultation for twelve
next year's team-building and inter-staff shagging
junkets at £15,000 per executive. Continue
to engage with property developers and large
hounds inventor to death. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2335172/Peter-Williams-Council-accused-hounding-inventor-death-relatives-bankrupt-sent-bailiffs-unpaid-tax.html
Now that's what I'm talking about!
to level tax system between online and store-based
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has set
up a working group to examine the tax system
for the rapidly-changing retail industry. BRC
Chairman Ian Cheshire and Sainsbury's Chief
Executive Justin King met with Danny Alexander,
the Treasury Chief Secretary, in April to discuss
the fact that online retailers pay less tax
than high-street retailers. Director General
of the BRC Helen Dickinson said: "The reality
is that retail is a people- and property-intensive
sector and, while the reduction in headline
Corporation Tax is valuable, other taxes on
both people and property have continued to rise."
like U.S. proposals, then. Blindingly obvious
yet again and only ten years late. Still, a
good pretext to send some officially-appointed
knob polishers over the pond to say 'Hi' to
their superiors at the Pentagon. Followed by
a press release in the tabloid propaganda that
they've diligently stumbled across another American
idea cum initiative.
help your child get a job', says Government's
new 'social mobility' guru and Dragons' Den
entrepreneur, James Caan. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10096836/New-Coaltion-social-mobility-tzar-James-Caan-tells-parents-Let-your-child-try-and-fail-before-trying-to-help.html
That's handy. One way of addressing the youth
unemployment issue and which will helpfully,
push the increasingly desperate ones towards
self-employment and a Government Start-Up Loan.
Which Mr Caan is also 'in charge' of. (Under
25s lack financial skills. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/404538/Under-25s-lack-financial-skill
could generally be good news for the country,
though. If, without the customary introductions
from Daddy, inbred, public-school educated fags
don't end up in politics, banking or the media
the meantime, news of James Caan's employment
of his own daughters has rapidly hit the
Once again, hypocrisy and double standards which
are a perfect fit for our clueless yet cynical,
to recruit Britain's brightest apprentices.
If it's not Germany, it's Canada; or Australia.
Leaving behind the product of parental and educational
failure for the Government's new social mobility,
celebrity 'Tsar' to deal with. And British businesses
with no other choice than recruiting East Europeans;
and another government 'guru' to whom the media
yet again, award a Russian title.
cheddar-maker abandons business due to rising
costs and supermarket competition. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/cheddar-maker-to-abandon-cheese-business-due-to-rising-price-of-milk-and-supermarket-competition-8642946.html
Not to worry. The arms business is increasingly
looking up now the Turkish Spring has started;
that Syrian investment is paying off nicely.
is a treat' says M.P. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/meat-is-a-treat--mps-advice-to-the-public-as-global-food-shortages-loom-8643029.html
Perhaps it would help if we could eat culled
badger, instead? So.
Never mind being seen behind the steering wheel
of a new Roller. A successful business-person's
bling for the future will be a Tesco carrier
bag with a half-a-pound of diced Neddy. Luvverly.
the farmers say . . . http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2335424/Eat-meat-face-food-shortage-Nannying-MPs-astonishing-warning-unhelpful-say-farmers.html
'Unhelpful', eh? I bet that's been sanitised
to worry. With an annual taxpayer subsidy of
over £5 million, the House of Commons
eaterie and 13,000 or so passholders should
be able to continue lending our meat producers
a hand. We can all keep an eye on the menus
at last for internet addiction. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/10093011/Help-at-last-for-the-addicts-enslaved-by-the-internet.html
I see a good home business opportunity here.
An online counselling service for internet addiction.
as the Government is making internet access
for all its public services, mandatory.)
your digital brochure for just £5.
and cloud document storage service. (ad.)
Diploma Course, London, Module One: 23-24
July, Module Two: 20-21 August. (ad.)
Uganda 2014 (see the mountain gorillas), last
few places available. http://action4charity.co.uk/interface/external_view_email.php?C9182008908830159659415366363815
Something every student should do during
their gap year/s. Especially Oxbridge louts.
Copycat firms fooling the public with Google's
I think everyone is agreed that Google needs
to put its house in order; from tax evasion
to kiddy porn to the moving goalposts for SEO.
For many years, a simple search in our sector
of 'home business' would reveal mainly useful
websites and information. Today, it's mainly
vacuous rubbish, endless insurance products
Mobile leads for customer satisfaction.
increases costs for line rental. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/03/bt-increases-costs-for-line-rental/
affiliate marketing (articles). http://specials.about.com/service/newsletters/onlinebusiness/1369839600.htm
workers occupy their factory to start their
own business. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/how-being-laid-off-paid-off-for-italian-car-workers-8641347.html
council homes on eBay, say M.P.s. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/06/03/sell-council-homes-on-ebay-say-mps/
To encourage people to 'engage digitally',
apparently. Which I am sure, is a major priority
for council-house tenants. As is same-sex marriage.
the other hand, barely has the media outcry
died down over American Big Corp avoiding their
moral obligations to our taxman and hard-pressed
taxpayers, when lo and behold, a ragbag of half-wits
comes up with a suggestion like this. I suppose
there aren't any British online estate agents?
Of course there are! Many of them home businesses,
too. Although I doubt our M.P.s will have been
sitting down to discreet meetings with any of
is, will our duly elected idiots give away British
jobs and business faster than 'illegal immigrants'
can take them? So what's the next cunning plan?
Change the national anthem from 'God Save The
Queen' to 'Fag For America'?
Mail just misses its First Class target.
Yes, but that missed target is where my cheque
is . .
of Essex Business School, event calendar.
Avon leading direct sales surge during recession.
Not a surprise. Despite its long history
of success, direct selling is a much-overlooked
business activity. First port of call for anyone
interested in further information is the Direct
Selling Association: http://dsa.org.uk/index.php
worse off than 1970s Britain. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/10093809/France-worse-off-than-UK-in-the-1970s-Axa-chief.html
Great news. Everything's gonna be OK, then.
using social networks can't spell. So
A fundamental premise of British education,
too. Which, as we can all see, is so successful
at preparing our yoof for life as socially responsible,
happy and productive adults. Innit?
moons ago I ran a specialised technical translation
agency, and although China was the country with
which we did the most business, my largest,
single client by far was an internationally
renown German company which produced turnkey,
automated production solutions. For a couple
of years, I and a team of translators and proofreaders,
worked almost permanently for this customer.
before any work was signed off, I had to sit
down with the German Technical Director and
go through a final proofing, word-for-word.
At that stage, as if my fifteen years of professional
language experience and qualifications in those
days wasn't enough, (although 'qualifications'
don't count for much in commercial translating)
I appreciated still more that no matter how
good I thought I was, this man, even working
into a language which wasn't his mother-tongue,
was better still. I was also extremely sensitive
to the fact that if every aspect of the work
I wanted to be paid for wasn't perfect - and
I mean PERFECT - it would have to be done again.
And that there wouldn't be a 'next time' for
more business in the future.
fact that the modern world of internet business
gurus and associated jockeys still can't make
money, despite all their latest technology and
trends, would suggest that it might be an idea
to revert to basics again; to remember that
people who run big ticket businesses, not unreasonably,
recognise and expect the very highest standards
of work before parting with their money. And
aren't even going to think about approaching
some idle, unprofessional slob who can't reed
and rite there own langwidge.
before any smart-alec points out the errors
in my own daily grammatical output, I blame
the French. And the internet. And if it's good
enough for the 'papers, it's good enough for
me. And, I can't be arsed any more.)
payment technology being exploited by thieves.
Not just the banks, then?
shortlisted for Gay Games. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/404258/Olympic-spirit-could-be-returning-to-London-after-city-is-shortlisted-for-Gay-Games
'Homosexual' Games is a better term, I think.
'Gay' is a much-abused, old-fashioned English
word meaning 'happy' and as I know a few homosexuals
both as friends and running businesses, especially
in France, 'happy' is the last thing they are
at the moment.
the other hand, with Westminster already well
established as the Bent Political Fag Centre
Of The World I can't imagine anywhere on this
planet as a more appropriate venue. Other than
Tel-Aviv. For at least 10,000 stand-up comics
as well as English public schools, business
has suddenly picked up.
numbers of Argentinians visiting Britain.
(Despite Engerlandt's hate-preaching tabloids.)
I'm surprised Theresa May's bumbling brownshirts
haven't yet slapped visa restrictions on visiting
Argentinians. In the interests of continuity
and consistency with other visiting nationals
like the Chinese - who we haven't even had a
'war' with; not in living memory.
home should be a right, not a business', says
Spanish official. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22701384
Take cover for a new and massive influx of clueless
Brits with little or no money. Plus English
criminals fleeing the police and embarrassingly
lavish praise from judges.
46% rise in illegal fuel 'pop-up' garages.
That's the entrepreneurial spirit for you;
even if driven by necessity, probably, rather
than the usual corporate greed.
Ten summer pubs; 2-for-1 lunch deals. http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2013/may/31/top-10-summer-pubs-england-wales
Masterclasses newsletter sign-up for courses
for business start-ups (or just new skills).
personalised luxury. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/10091649/High-rollers-flyers-and-floaters-welcome-to-bespoke-Britain.html
It doesn't have to be just about Rollers
and floaters. I know a home-based jewellery
business which is doing very nicely from high
end commission jewellery at the moment; and
my plumber fitted out a bathroom with gold-plated
accessories last year. A first for him. Wealthy
people fall into two, distinct groups, in my
experience. Those who are discreet and have
style. And those who are wealthy but have absolutely
no style or class whatsoever and are as cras
as their botoxed face-jobs. Fortunately for
us, it's all money just the same.
blocks $100,000 auction for place in heaven.
Oh... My... God... Awesome.
- what do you expect from a country with a 4-word
vocabulary and space missions manned by monkeys?
(Mind you, tattoed Essex slappers are catching
and keep your customer. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/30/smile-and-keep-your-customer/
problems for NatWest banking app. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22727075#
construction key to growth. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/green-construction-key-growth-20139835
I seem to remember the same thing being said
about the internet. Twenty years ago.
drones the future of delivery? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2333741/Are-DRONES-future-delivery-US-firm-plans-vast-network-deliver-drugs-post.html
Another step towards a full-blown Orwellian
1984; another step toward further mass-unemployment;
another step towards reduced business opportunities
for the little man. I can see it coming, though.
With bent politicians' rates for questions in
the House of Many Windows down to just £4000,
there is little hope left. It used to be £10,000
+ and ministers only. Nowadays, each and every
Jack and Jill Shite MP thinks they have a commercial
value and wants to appear on I'm A Celebrity
million start-up competition launched. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/million-pound-startup-competition-launched-20139838
Den businesswomen a turn-off for young, aspiring
female entrepreneurs. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/404055/Dragons-fire-dampens-spirit-for-budding-female-entrepreneurs
Well now, I always thought Dragons' Den was
a turn-off for ANY aspiring businessfolk.
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